Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is an inclusive programme that will transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls and those in the margins of society– through education.

In 2018 there were 156,085 girls enrolled in Primary 1 (P1) but only 5,272 in Secondary 4 (S4). GESS is on a mission to change that. Here's how:



Behaviour Change Communication
Behaviour Change Communication

Creating an enabling social-cultural environment for supporting girls’ education through social and behaviour change communication through radio and community outreach.

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Cash Transfers
Cash Transfers

Direct payments made to girls regularly attending school to help them buy things they need, and contribute to poverty reduction in the family and the community.

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Capitation Grants
Capitation Grants

Providing reliable funding to schools to remove registration fees for students and parents, reduce the cost of education and encourage families to send their children to school.

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Quality Education
Quality Education

Offering practical support to schools, teachers and education managers to improve the quality of education, decrease drop-out and repetition rates.

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Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning
Knowledge, Evidence, Research & Learning

Studying and understand more about the issues that prevent girls from going to school, staying in school and learning while at school.

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Stories of Change

Effective school management and supervision for lasting change

The Supportive School Supervision component of GESS has not received as much attention as some of the other Programme components due to school closures. However, GESS State Anchor Team Leader for Western Bahr el Ghazal State, Andrea, believes it to be a vital pillar for ensuring lasting change. Supportive School…

Ministry Dictates that Pregnant Learners Have the Right to Education

In a landmark moment for pregnant girls, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI) has issued a circular that ordes that pregnant learners must be able to sit their examinations and finish their education. Early and unplanned pregnancy amongst schoolgirls has been a major cause of school dropout in…

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